Center Leadership

The administrative core provides center leadership, sets the center research agenda, and maintains an environment that promotes quality research on normal aging and diseases of the brain. The Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) is administratively a part of the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) and is housed in the Sanders-Brown Building. This core promotes the integration of center cores, pilot projects, and educational programs of the ADRC. The core is managed by an executive committee composed of core leaders who meet monthly to assist the core director, Linda Van Eldik, PhD, with center management and decision making.

An external advisory committee of nationally recognized experts meets yearly to evaluate research progress and a local advisory committee, chaired by the dean of the College of Medicine, provides an annual administrative review. The director of the administrative core serves as the primary liaison with the Center on Aging Foundation, whose major focus is to raise funds for Alzheimer's disease programs.

Promotion and Facilitation of Collaborations and Interactions in other Units of the University of Kentucky and Other Institutions: Outreach, Cliniccal, Education/Training and Research

Goals of the Core


Provides leadership and organizational framework for all ADRC activities.

Core Integration

Promotes the integration of center cores, pilot projects, and educational programs of the ADRC.

Focal Point

Serves as the focal point of Alzheimer's disease-related activities in Kentucky.


Contributes to and interacts with other ADRCs, national collaborative activities.

UK-ADRC Developmental Project Program

This pilot project program, supported by the UK-ADRC, is aimed primarily at junior investigators (postdocs, assistant professors, senior research associates/scientists, clinical fellows), although we also consider senior faculty who wish to move their research into dementia.

 We will fund one developmental project of a two-year project duration, supported at $50,000 per year.

The Developmental Projects applications are currently being reviewed and the new one will start on July 1, 2024.

Please contact Linda Van Eldik ( or Daniel C. Lee ( with any questions.

Linda J. Van Eldik, PhD

Positions Held:
  • Professor, Department of Neuroscience
  • Director of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging


Associate Directors
Gregory Jicha, MD, PhD

Richard Kryscio, PhD

Center Administrator
Beverly Baesler


Charlotte Wood